My sister in law's house was robbed today!

@Katlady2 (9925)
United States
November 17, 2008 7:21pm CST
I just got off the phone with my sister in law who is extremely upset because while she was gone between 11am and 2pm someone robbed her home. The robbers took two televisions, one of which is VERY heavy...enough that two people would have had to carry it. They took my niece's computer and printer, my brother in law's favorite hunting rifle, a big jar full of coins, a camera with the pictures of my nephews that were still born last year, and....of all things....the WRAPPED Christmas presents that my niece had bought for everyone. The sheriff dusted for fingerprints since the robbers came in through the kitchen window, but apparently they were wearing gloves because no prints were found. I just can't believe the audacity of people these days! And the road that the house is on, while out in the country, is NOT a deserted road by any means. There are cars going up and down the road all the time. Someone had to have seen something. Please pray for my sister in law and her family. She's trying to put up a brave front, but I know she's pretty upset. Thanks and hugs to all.....Carryl
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26 responses
• United States
18 Nov 08
Sorry about the robbery, but things can be replaced people can't! i'm glad no one was hurt.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
19 Nov 08
Yes, I'm glad my sis or my niece weren't home at the time. Thanks hon.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
18 Nov 08
Hey Katlady, I will definitly put in a prayer or two for you and your sister. Usually theifts are done by people who know you and still there is a chance it could've been random. It's such a misfortunate thing your sister is going through especually with Christmas around the corner! Wow I'm not sure how people can have the heart to do such a thing. Hope things go better for your family!
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I just can't see how people can be so selfish as to do this to others. It just blows me away. Thanks so much for the prayers hon. They are very much appreciated.
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@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
That is very sad news indeed. I think that such crime was done in a planned manner. Probably someone has been monitoring your sisters movement. Well, I do hope that the culprits will be arrested.
@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case. Thanks for the response hon.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
18 Nov 08
That just sucks the fat one. I know how it feels to be robbed as it happened to me a few times while living in Samoa. Mostly clothing and shoes were stolen but nothing like what your sister in law has experienced. I'm sorry this has happened to her and I hope someone saw something and reports it.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Thanks hon. I'm hoping something turns up as well.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
18 Nov 08
That is awful It happened to many years ago and it is awful it is not just what they take but also that they have been in your Property and touched your Personal things it is really horrible This is the time that the Break ins happen in the UK at Christmas time I really hope she will be fine and I am just so sorry that it has happened to her Big Hugs
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Thanks sweetie. I know I felt awful a few years ago when our truck was broken into and my purse that had been hidden (or so I thought) under the seat was taken. It had money, id's and credit cards. I felt so violated from that. I can't imagine how much worse it is when the home is invaded.
@mariposaman (2968)
• Canada
18 Nov 08
Unfortunately the feelings of trust and violation will remain long after the televisions and computers are long forgotten. I hope they were insured as these items add up in value very fast. The penalties for this type of breakin and identity theft are way too low and the police do not give it high priority around here. I doubt they would bother giving out police reports unless it was required for insurance. There are too many people willing to buy stolen goods. I would feel I was condoning the robbery if I bought anything I knew was stolen. Having suffered a breakin awhile back I am aware of the emotional devastation this event can inflict on the innocent party.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Thanks hon. I'm sure things were insured, as my soon to be brother in law is a stickler for things like that. So hopefully they can get some things to replace what was taken. I'm sure they will be very antsy for a long time.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
18 Nov 08
OMG Katlady what horrible news. Sounds to me that whoever it was, must have been watching homes and watching people leave to do this. I sure hope someone in her neighborhood saw something, for as you say she doesn't exactly live in the boondocks somewhere. And how tacky to take the wrapped Christmas presents, that I think sucks most of all. Hope they can catch the people responsible...keep us posted okay?
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
It's been going on around town with both cars and homes. It's so sad too. I'm just glad no one was home to get hurt or anything. I will definitely let you know if the cops find out anything. Thanks hon.
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@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
18 Nov 08
OMG....That is just horrible...Thank goodness no one was home...I just hate it when this happens...The fear that grips the person that is robbed is so overwhelming.. Prayers going out to everyone....Hugs too!
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Thanks PPP. It makes me wonder if my house will be hit soon. I hope not!
@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...PPP Please do not even say that... Put a sign up and tell them your cats have claws and they know how to use them.... Just a little humor is a sad and scary stiuation.... hugs PPP
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
19 Nov 08
LOL! The humor is appreciated PPP. I should get one of those signs that says "Beware of the Attack Cat". LOL
• United States
18 Nov 08
It probably would be illegal, but I mentioned to people that I wanted a pet tiger. Not sure how dangerous it would be if I had one as a cub & have it grow into a full-grown tiger. Can you imagine the look on a would-be burglar's face if he broke in, & found a real live tiger staring at him? Perhaps licking his chops?
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
19 Nov 08
Hey....I love that idea! A tiger or a giant black panther....either one looking at the intruders like they were dinner. ROFL!
• United States
20 Nov 08
Or a lion or even a cougar, any of those larger felines in the cat family will do nicely. Oh - yeah - from what I have heard from cat owners, they love to play with & torment their live food before putting it out of their misery before enjoying it. With that in mind, it sure can put a really scared look on someone's face.
• United States
18 Nov 08
I am so sorry that this has happened to your sister and law. It is sad that people can not be trusted any more. Someone had to have seen something especially if they took a TV that need 2 people to carry. It sucks also that they could not get finger prints. This actually happened to my sister before. Their house been broken into like 3 or 4 times? It was in different houses in different states also. It does take away your since of security they should look into getting a dog or a security system. I wish this has never happened. I wish the best of luck to you and your family. I hope they can replace some of the stuff that got stolen. There is a website www.wishuponahero.com if they post on there people may be able to help them out with getting some of their stuff back. People go on there and post their wishes on there. Some are big and some are small. My mom and i love that website. People may be able to help your sister in law with replacing stuff. I wish her the best of luck and she will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
They do have dogs, but only the old lab was in the house...she didn't get hurt fortunately. The other 2 plus the 2 they were taking care of were out in the back yard. I think if the pit bull they were watching had been inside the robbery wouldn't have happened. But she had to be outside since they didn't know if she would pee all over the place or not. I guess that's just one of the "what ifs". Thanks for giving me the link to that website. I've bookmarked it and I'm going to tell my sis about it.
• United States
20 Nov 08
That sucks the dogs where outside. But at least no one was home to get hurt that would have been horrible. I hope that site can help even just a little.
@ElicBxn (60069)
• United States
18 Nov 08
That is SUCH a feeling of violation. Someone, some STRANGERS, came into your house, your PRIVATE place and went thru your stuff. They took THINGS, yes, but they also took your feeling of SECURITY! The police and the "state" may see this as a "property" crime, but it is SO MUCH MORE! Robbers, burglers should be branded with a big "B" in the middle of their foreheads. They should be public ostracized. They should be treated as public enamies, because they are! Known burglers shouldn't be allowed in Pawn shops, they should be required to have an escort whenever they leave their houses - if they can find anyone who will rent to them! Cutting off the hand might be a good idea in the case of burglers!
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
I SO agree with you on every point! I just can't fathom how people can be so rotten!
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
ROFL!!! Good one Trans!
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• United States
18 Nov 08
Sorry to hear about that. That's such a sad story. While possessions can be replaced, there is a horrible sense of violation that comes along with something like this knowing that these criminals were in the home. I wish her the best of luck and I hope the are able to catch the criminals and get her things back.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
19 Nov 08
Thanks so much hon.
@gemini_rose (16194)
18 Nov 08
I am so sorry to hear this, the words I would like to say are not appropriate for this sight but I am just so sorry. It is such a heartbreaking experience to go through it is not just the stuff that gets taken that is hurtful it is everything else that goes with it. I was 18 years old when it happened to me, I had not long had my first child who I was alone with and I had a two bedroomed flat which I really loved I was the only one in the flats that had my own garden it was my first home of my own. I went to visit my parents who lived about an hour from me and was staying over, when my dad brought me home I had been burgled. Now being a single parent a young one at that I did not have a lot, but they took anything of value to me that I did have and they made a mess. I was absolutely heartbroken, the police were useless did not have a clue even though there were loads of fingerprints. I eventually found out that it was actually people I knew who had done it but I never got my things back. I hope that something good happens for your sister in law and something bad for the rotten people that did it.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Yeah, some of the things I really wanted to say weren't appropriate for here either. Thanks so much for your wonderful response hon.
@adeeb747 (100)
18 Nov 08
so sad it happend 2 times for my house
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
OH wow! I'm so sorry hon!
@rajnayar (33)
• India
18 Nov 08
ooh my god thts a sad new...something strange....hope robbers would be caught someday and would be punished
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Me too! Thanks for the response.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
18 Nov 08
That is just awful. And in the middle of the day of all things. Yes, I agree. It is possible someone has seen something. I would be talking to the neighbors and see if they did see anything out of the ordinary. It is hard to feel safe after your house has been violated like that. I hope the police find the people and put them away.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
My sis talked to the neighbors, as I'm sure the sheriff did as well. Supposedly no one saw anything. I really hope something turns up soon. My sis is a wreck. Thanks hon.
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
I just hope that your sister will get over it, so bad it happens a month before Christmas. People who rob homes and even kill people to get what they want is very rampant today in every city and every country. Maybe we have to be very cautious as far as security is concerned. security cameras is very helpful in solving these type of crimes. It's already affordable and available online. Maybe we can consider using this type of gadget. I just watched a news about a lady who was robbed but because of her security camera, they were able to trace and arrest the robbers.
@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
That's what hubby told his sister last night was to put some security cameras in place. Hopefully she and her fiance will do just that. Thanks hon.
@annjilena (5621)
• United States
18 Nov 08
if you live in the country they was watching their house that is a shame we work hard for what we get and someoone just come in and steals it.and no finger prints i would talk with the neighbors aand see if they saw anything they need to be caught and punished for what they done check pawn shops if they have it in pawn shop you call the police you will get it back right then because he recieved stolen good.again iam so so sorry
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
The neighbors have already been spoken to, and the serial numbers of the stolen items have been reported to the sheriff department. So now it's time to wait and see. And that's the aggravating part...aside from the robbery itself. Thanks so much hon.
@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
18 Nov 08
Oh Carryl how terrible. I can not understand why people have to go to this. Of course you're right everyone will be upset that's to be expected. I hope the theifs are caught. I agree this sounds like the work of more than one person. I find it odd the pictures were stollen. It's wrong of course at any cost but a TV and all other items I can understan, by that I mean a knife, that could be because it was a good one and someone knows a good knife when they see it, or it could be classed as a weapon, The gifts can always be sold or re wrapped, but these pictures??? That's too creepy, it doesn't sound normal.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
It wasn't pictures...it was the 35mm camera that the pictures were stored in on a memory card. But my sis thinks she put the pictures on a disk as well, so hopefully it wasn't a total loss.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
18 Nov 08
A story of this nature makes me so sad. Why, for what reason does this crap have to happen. That's exactly what it is too, crap. Everyone works so hard for what they earn and value. To strip someone of their personal items disgusts me. I sure hope someone will come forward and admit anything they saw or be be able to give some sort of description of a car leaving the area. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Guess they can be thankful they weren't home and nobody was injured.
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
18 Nov 08
My sister in law already went to all the neighbors, but apparently nobody saw anything...at least they're not admitting they did anyway. And I agree that it's crap. Thanks hon.